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Financial Aid & Scholarship Office

Cost of Attendance

Estimated Costs Table

The estimated budgets below represent a moderate standard of living, or Cost of Attendance, for full-time students attending CSU, Chico.

Estimated Standard Full-Time Budgets for 2018/2019
(nine-month academic year)*

Undergraduates - Estimated Standard Full-Time Budgets for 2018/2019
ExpenseOff-CampusOn-CampusWith Relatives

Tuition/Fees**

$7,618

$7,618

$7,618

Books/Supplies

$1,918

$1,918

$1,918

Room/Board

$12,390

$12,980

$5,418

Transportation

$1,068

$1,068

$1,068

Personal

$1,480

$1,480

$1,480

TOTAL

$24,474

$25,064

$17,502

Postbaccalaureate - Estimated Standard Full-Time Budgets for 2018/2019
ExpenseOff-CampusOn-CampusWith Relatives

Tuition/Fees**

$8,872

$8,872

$8,872

Books/Supplies

$1,918

$1,918

$1,918

Room/Board

$12,390

$12,980

$5,418

Transportation

$1,068

$1,068

$1,068

Personal

$1,480

$1,480

$1,480

TOTAL

$25,728

$26,318

$18,756

About Cost of Attendance

Each college calculates its own Cost of Attendance (COA) or student budget. At CSU, Chico the student budget is based on the estimated cost of a typical student's tuition fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation, and personal expenses for a nine– academic year (fall and spring semesters). The COA will vary depending on:

  • where you live -- on or off campus, or with your parents
  • whether you are an undergraduate, graduate, or credential student
  • whether you are enrolled at least half-time or less than half-time

Knowing the Cost of Attendance is important because the budget helps determine your Financial Need and your financial aid award. Financial Need is defined as the difference between your Expected Family Contribution and the standard Cost of Attendance calculated for each academic year. This is an important point of comparison between colleges.

Net Price Calculator

Use the Net Price Calculator to receive a rough estimate of your eligibility for grants and need-based loans. This calculator assists you in estimating your costs after taking into account your need-based financial aid eligibility.

Exceptional Circumstances Appeal

If you have additional expenses, such as childcare, out-of-town educationally related travel, or non-reimbursed medical expenses you may want to consider submitting an Exceptional Circumstances Appeal. In most cases increasing the cost of attendance will result in additional loans.

*Note: Undergraduate budgets reflect estimated amount of State University Fee; other costs are averaged. Postbaccalaureate budgets reflect weightedaverages of estimated Credential and Graduate fees, and an average for other costs.

* Budgets are for a nine–month academic year. One–semester budgets are half the above amounts. Budgets include direct university charges (fees and on-campus room and board) and discretionary expenses (transportation, books and supplies, personal expenses, and off-campus room and board).

** Non–resident students add to regular tuition fees listed above an additional $396 per unit.

Western University Exchange (WUE) students pay 150 percent State University Tuition Fee, 100 percent campus fees.

** Additional $270 per unit per semester for MBA and for MS in Accountancy, Business Administration, Health Care Management, Business and Technology, Information Systems, and Taxation

** Tuition Fees are based on full–time enrollment. All fees are subject to change based on Board of Trustees action. See Student Financial Services for fees and deadlines.

On-Campus Room/Board

The above on-campus room and board rates are averages and are used by the Financial Aid & Scholarship Office for the purpose of packaging financial aid. Actual on-campus room and board rates are available at University Housing.

AB990 Information (average cost of a one bedroom apartment around the CSU, Chico campus)

The average cost to rent a one bedroom apartment within the areas surrounding the CSU, Chico campus is $700. This information is updated yearly on February 1st. It is important to understand the above average cost is for rent only and does not include cost of food, utilities, garbage, rental deposit, and other necessary expenses to rent an apartment.

Our Off-Campus cost of attendance for room and board is an average amount for a 9-month period. Most students usually share an apartment to reduce their cost of room and board.

For more information about off-campus housing and services provided by the university for students living off-campus, see Off Campus Student Services.

For additional information on how Cost of Attendance helps determine your financial aid award, see Understanding Your Award.

Disclaimer: The CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU must reserve the right, even after fees are initially charged or initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees. All listed fees, other than mandatory systemwide fees, are subject to change without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All CSU listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, or the Presidents, as appropriate. Changes in mandatory systemwide fees will be made in accordance with the requirements of the Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act (Sections 66028 - 66028.6 of the Education Code).